Happy Friday everyone!
Before I share all of this week’s exciting events, I want to remind you there are only two days left to enter the custom watercolor giveaway! All you have to do is follow one of the blogs on bloglovin’ (best app/website ever) or tweet about the giveaway. If you win you can have your favorite photograph turned into a gorgeous painting by The Painted Life. We had a similar one made of our first house and it’s one of my favorite decorations in our house.
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Now back to business- I just arrived back in Brisbane today from spending the past four days showing my lovely mother and sister in law around Sydney. We had a fabulous trip and figured it only appropriate to share my top five moments from the week for my Friday Favorites…
1. Strolling through Manly
Our first day in Sydney we took the iconic Manly ferry from Circular Quay to take a wander around the beach town. The views of the Opera house and Harbour Bridge from the ferry alone are worth your ticket fare.
The only other time I have visited Manly was in the summer when it was scorchingly hot outside and all we wanted to was lay on the beach. It was fun to stroll around in the crisp fall weather and enjoy a different perspective.
2. Best Walk Ever
If you aren’t a stranger around these parts (blog parts that is) then you know how much I love the Coogee to Bondi Beach Walk. I mean I have talked about it here, here AND here. The views and weather made for a pretty stunning Wednesday morning walk.
I have seen pictures of this art installment multiple times and haven’t had the chance to find it yet. I was glad that we had plenty of time this week to go seek it out. Tucked in an alley in the middle of the CBD are hundreds of birdcages suspended in air. There is also a pub conveniently located around the corner for a post-viewing beverage.
After we checked out Manly, Coogee-Bondi, Opera House, The Rocks and the Botanical Gardens we were looking for a unique, local spot to spend the afternoon. I remembered hearing about the artsy, hipster suburb of Newtown and figured we could scope it out. We wandered aimlessly through the grafittied streets, admiring the old architecture and funky shops. We went on a street art scavenger hunt and eventually broke for a delicious snack of Turkish bread and dips (with a side of vino, of course).
5. Sydney Opera House Tour
Friday morning we scheduled a tour of the Sydney Opera House before our flight. I was skeptical at first if it would be worth waking up extra early for, but it did not disappoint. Since we went to the first tour we were able to have access to the two main theaters that are often off limits due to performances. In just under an hour we learned all sorts of facts and tidbits about Australia’s most frequented landmark. I will be posting more on what we learned later but it was definitely worth our while.